Journal Entry 204 – New Beginning

After two years of working at Williamsville, my time there is done. It was an enjoyable time there for the most part and also allowed me to get my first start doing what I love. I’m not sure what is next for me in terms of living in the same area vs moving, getting a similar career elsewhere or getting a different job; but a new chapter has begun for me. In a way it feels good. Its a sense of freedom I haven’t had in a long time. The ability to do what I want and try new things with unlimited time constraints. No longer bound to the daily grind of driving 40 minutes one way to work, being there for 8-9 hours, drive back home for 40 minutes and rinse and repeat for 5 days in a row for 50 weeks a year. Finding a job closer to where I live and something that allows more freedom would be ideal.

I have always really liked to learn about things and now is my chance to do that. I also have more time to workout, but I plan on keeping the full body workout and cardio balance. Even with unlimited machines in the gym, I still feel like full body is superior and its working well for me at the moment. Cardio will change though. I got a LOT of walking in at Williamsville, but a lot of that is gone now. So I plan to get a nice slow jog in (5-6mph) for 30 minutes or so and then do some incline walking for 30 minutes between (3-4mph) for cardio. So basically an hour of cardio on off days. I do plan to continue walking though, just not as much.

My workouts this week were solid though. Felt very good for each session and was able to improve almost every lift save for a few. Bench has felt tremendously better after adding in carbs to my diet. Goblet Squats may need to get replaced though. Lighter weights and goblet squats mix perfectly, but the heavier the weights get, the more my back takes over the movement and legs dont receive enough stimulation. I will most likely switch to back squats again or may even do leg press. I know lunges are always a staple though. As long as the weight continues to progress, it may not really matter which exercise I choose.

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Workout B was done twice this week (shown on left) and Workout A on the right.

Diet was on average of the last 7 days: Protein 169 grams / Carbs 264 grams (46 fiber) / Fat 65 grams / Sodium 5200 mg / Calories 2500. I did some minor cycling, but for the most part just kept the calories stable at 2500 with basically these macros. Although a couple of days were like 80 grams of fat and most of the time it hits around 50 grams. I’m of the mindset now though, my lifts are going up and I feel good, yet my weight is still the same. Right around 173lbs most days, some lower and some higher.

Some pics from the week:

Sedona Taphouse Tacos

Sedona Taphouse Tacos

Moes burrito bowl

Moes burrito bowl

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Pumpkin Coffee (not great at least this brand)

Pumpkin Coffee (not great at least this brand)

3 cups of rice with veggies and egg whites

3 cups of rice with veggies and egg whites

Low sugar slurpee

Low sugar slurpee

Rest Day - Chicken Sausage, crab rangoon and meat with onions and peppers

Rest Day – Chicken Sausage, crab rangoon and meat with onions and peppers

Oatmeal cooked with a mashed banana

Oatmeal cooked with a mashed banana

Chicken fried rice

Chicken fried rice

Tequilia and cranberry sierra mist

Tequilia and cranberry sierra mist

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